Legal Practice Manager | Senior Associate
Natalee's standard of work resonates with her passion for social justice and her clients appreciate her combination of empathy and drive.
Motor vehicle accident
“I am very passionate about the work I do, and I am ecstatic to have the resources of a specialised and international firm to offer Wollongong. Leading the office means that I can do a lot of good for a region I’m very passionate about.”
Natalee is a Senior Associate with Shine Lawyers, managing the Wollongong practice. She grew up in Wollongong and is deeply ingrained in the community.
Natalee has extensive experience in personal injury matters, including Motor Vehicle Accident Claims, workplace accidents, public liability, medical negligence, assaults, defective products, and claims against superannuation funds for those unable to return to work due to serious illness or injury. She is energetic, driven and meticulous.
Natalee began working in Personal Injury litigation in 2013 whilst studying her degrees at the University of Wollongong. Natalee practised at a mid-sized personal injury firm in Wollongong before joining Shine Lawyers.
She studied a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) at the University of Wollongong. She completed her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice at the College of Law. She is appointed as an Approved Legal Service Provider with the Independent Review Office (IRO) for workers' compensation matters.
Volunteering as a solicitor at the Illawarra Legal Advice Centre Natalee provides regular pro-bono assistance as part of a rotating roster. She is involved in the Wollongong Mentor Walks program which pairs women professionals with rising female leaders. Natalee offers her time to the Wollongong PCYC, where she sits on the board of the Community Engagement Committee. She is also an internationally certified yoga teacher and provides yoga classes for community organisations.
Natalee is an experienced advocate for survivors of physical or sexual abuse. Nat is passionate about empowering survivors and obtaining outcomes that truly matter. She has experience running claims for survivors in various circumstances, including institutional abuse (such as claims against church and state run institutions), educational settings (such as claims against schools), claims against prisons and correction facilities, and claims concerning abuse in the context of medical care and in the workplaces. Natalee is spearheading a number of claims in NSW for survivors of forced adoption. These claims involve practices predominantly between the 1950s to 1980s where pregnant women, their partners/families, and their children were subjected to traumatising separation. In many cases, the survivors were forcibly restrained, held in harsh conditions, treated cruelly, and provided with substandard medical care. Her clients have made the courageous choice to report their experiences and Nat is passionate about telling their story and holding the institutions to account.
Memberships & associations
Representative for Young Lawyers in the Wollongong and District Law Society
New South Wales Young Lawyers Regional Delegate for the Wollongong District
Illawarra Junior Chamber of Commerce Member
Illawarra Women in Business Member
District Law Society Member and Representative
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